The New York Red Bulls are scoring goals at an astronomical pace these days, and they may wind up needing every one of the goals Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper are scoring to keep on winning.
The Red Bulls are set to be without standout defender Wilman Conde for up to a month after the Colombian defender injured his groin during the team's practice session on Thursday. The injury is a major blow for a defense that has struggled to put together consistent performances without Conde.
Conde, who had already missed three of the team's first five matches with injury and fitness issues, had looked sharp in his two starts for the club, but more importantly, he had helped provide a stabilizing force in central defense.
Without Conde, the Red Bulls will be forced to lean on centerback Markus Holgersson, who has looked shaky at times as he adapts to his first season in MLS. Stephen Keel should step into the starting lineup, though you wonder if Hans Backe will consider bringing Rafa Marquez back into central defense.
The timing of the injury means Conde could miss as many as six matches, which would put him at just two matches played out of the Red Bulls first 11.